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Accessibility services Questions

  1. What are accommodations?
  2. How do I register for services?
  3. After I complete my registration appointment, is there anything else I need to do in order to start using my accommodations?
  4. Can my IEP serve as documentation?
  5. Who is responsible for obtaining my documentation?
  6. When does your office need my documentation?
  7. Should I bring a parent with me when I register for services?

What are accommodations?

Accommodations are modifications designed to limit the impact of a person’s disability on their academic success. They are determined on an individual basis for each student by examining the specific disability, the documentation provided, and the expressed needs of the student. As a result, students with the same disability may actually require different accommodations.

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How do I register for services?

Students who wish to register for services must complete an application and submit appropriate disability documentation (see Handbook for guidelines), which is available on the RPCC website. The Accessibility Services Coordinator will review your documentation to determine eligibility for services. If accommodations are warranted, you will receive letters attached in an email from the Accessibility Services Coordinator.
Students typically complete the registration process during individualized meetings with the Accessibility Services Coordinator. Federal law prohibits sharing a student’s information with any third party, including parents/guardians, without written consent. As a student support resource on campus, our goal is to empower students with the information and tools to advocate for their success as RPCC students. For more information, please refer to the handbook section that discusses confidentiality.

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After I complete my registration appointment, is there anything else I need to do in order to start using my accommodations?

Yes, there are several additional steps that you must complete. A brief description of the remaining steps are as follows:

1. Complete Disability Support Services Application. This step must be completed prior to the start of each semester.

2. In 3 to 5 business days after submitting an application, your letter(s) will be emailed to you.

3. Deliver a letter(s) to each instructor, obtain a signature and return letter(s) to disabilityservices@rpcc.edu.

4. Schedule a meeting with each instructor to discuss the implementation of your accommodations in each of your courses.

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Can my IEP serve as documentation?

IEPs do NOT apply in college. While an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan can provide valuable information, it will not serve as documentation of a disability. Evaluation by a qualified professional with expertise in the area of your disability is required. You will need to provide appropriate medical or psychological documentation completed by a qualified professional. (See handbook for guidelines.)

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Who is responsible for obtaining my documentation?

You are responsible for obtaining the required documentation and sending it
to Accessibility Services. You are also responsible for all costs related to
obtaining the documentation.

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When does your office need my documentation?

As soon as possible! In general, we recommend that you submit your documentation at least six weeks prior to the start of the semester if you are requesting accommodations that may take more time to arrange (e. g., communication facilitator, books on tape). If requested accommodations do not require the hiring of a service provider with the purchase of materials, then two weeks is usually sufficient notice.

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Should I bring a parent with me when I register for services?

Students typically complete the registration process during individualized
meetings with the Accessibility Services Coordinator. Federal law prohibits
sharing a student’s information with any third party, including
parents/guardians, without written consent. As a student support resource
on campus, our goal is to empower students with the information and tools
to advocate for their success as RPCC students. For more information, please
refer to the handbook section that discusses confidentiality.

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Reserve, LA. 70084

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Boutte, LA. 70039

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Plaquemine, LA. 70764

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